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  1. a Lights, Camera, Action!a for Krewe of Desk & DerrickRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jan 31 | The Advocate

    The Krewe of Desk & Derrick celebrated Louisiana's status as Hollywood of the South at its 55th annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball, "Lights, Camera, Action!," Jan. 30 at the American Legion Hall on Wooddale. Reigning over the festivities were Queen Blythe Lamonica, of Solutions Through Science, and King Timothy Evans, of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

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  2. Special report: Community colleges grow despite cutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 27 | The Advocate

    Photo provided by Lana Venable -- ExxonMobil donated equipment to the Baker Workforce Development Center March 30 for students' hands-on training in classes. Representatives, from left, include Randy Dore, training coordinator, ExxonMobil Plastics; Wayne Allen, turnaround manager, ExxonMobil Polyolefins; Girard Melancon, executive director of workforce education, BRCC; Angela Zeringue, plant manager, ExxonMobil Polyolefins; and Mayor Harold Rideau, city of Baker.

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  3. Louisiana-based fishing companies can fill your Christmas stockingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2015 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSO -- For the bass and redfish angler, this new series of square-billed crankbaits from Rat-L-Trap is a new venture for the Louisiana-based company. It's the Bill Lewis 'Echo' 1.75 and comes in a variety of colors for Louisiana waters.

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  4. LPB, WBRZ win regional EmmysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 14, 2015 | The Advocate

    The awards ceremoney took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Suncoast region includes Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

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  5. John Bel Edwards announces transition team for economic development issues: Read the list of namesRead the original story

    Dec 4, 2015 | The Advocate

    Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards continues to roll out the names of his closest advisers on key issues as he prepares to take office Jan. 11. On Friday, Edwards' transition team announced a group that will provide recommendations on economic development issues, including jobs training, research and development at colleges and universities and workforce development. "Louisiana has always had a strong workforce and we need to ensure this workforce is attractive to diverse industries, while also responsibly incentivizing business and industry to invest in our state," Edwards said in a statement.

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    Nov 28, 2015 | The Advocate

    That was the reality facing both candidates for governor in the runoff, who shared an aversion to the education standards now in place in Louisiana schools. Now, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has a chance to influence the debate by making three new appointments to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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  7. Fambrough: Cross country could unite Episcopal, Arizona schoolRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2015 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBREEpiscopal cross country coach Claney Duplechin gives instructions to runners on Saturday morning to start the Round Table cross country run at Highland road on Sept. 12. Episcopal has won 20 straight state titles.

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  8. Episcopal takes run at 20th straight titleRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2015 | The Advocate

    But it's the things opponents often don't know about that drive the Knights and coach Claney Duplechin going into the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Cross Country meet every year. "Each group is different, and two things that set this group apart," Duplechin said.

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    Nov 13, 2015 | The Advocate

    In the race to succeed Chas Roemer, Kathy Edmonston enjoys a campaign finance edge over runoff opponent Jason Engen for a spot on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, according to state reports. Edmonston, who lives in Gonzales, had $42,161 in her campaign treasury as of Nov. 1 compared to $34,387 for Engen, who lives in Baton Rouge.

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  10. Smiley: Tack attackRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 3, 2015 | The Advocate

    I've been getting a lot of stories about restrictions on women in colleges in times past, but so far this one from Gail Stephenson, of Baton Rouge, is my favorite: "In the mid-'70s, girls' dorms at Northwestern State had a curfew of midnight on school nights and 2 a.m. on weekends. "One night my boyfriend Joe and I lost track of time while watching the submarine races at Chaplain's Lake.

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  11. Treasuring the Gift of friendshipRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2015 | The Advocate

    I remember her hair was soft and different from my own. I could hardly wait to get her alone so I could undo all her braids.

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  12. David Vitter, John Bel Edwards tout endorsements in final stretch of governora s raceRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 30, 2015 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Louisiana Sheriffs' Association endorses John Bel Edwards for governor. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, East Baton Rouge Parish, right, has a word with John Bel Edwards, second from right, before the program begins.

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  13. With three academies and startup feel, new Lee High could draw gifted ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 18, 2015 | The Advocate

    With three academies and startup feel, new Lee High could draw gifted students away from Baton Rouge college prep high schools With three academies and startup feel, new Lee High could draw gifted students away from Baton Rouge college prep high schools The marketplace of Baton Rouge public high schools for students on a college track is poised to become more competitive, as Lee High more than doubles in size and returns next year to its historic home on Lee Drive and a $54.7 million new campus. The new Lee High, which opens in August, could draw away students from all college prep high schools in Baton Rouge, just as Baton Rouge Magnet High has for years.

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    Oct 18, 2015 | The Advocate

    The marketplace of Baton Rouge public high schools for students on a college track is poised to become more competitive, as Lee High more than doubles in size and returns next year to its historic home on Lee Drive and a $54.7 million new campus. The new Lee High, which opens in August, could draw away students from all college prep high schools in Baton Rouge, just as Baton Rouge Magnet High has for years.

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    Oct 11, 2015 | The Advocate

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, speaks at a press conference Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex in Mandeville. Officials released news about a worker at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington who fell ill from exposure to a bacteria at the primate center.

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    Sep 30, 2015 | The Advocate

    Four-time MLB All-Star Ben Sheets, NBA standout P.J. Brown, Michigan and NFL star Anthony Thomas and two longtime coaches, Tulane baseball's Rick Jones and high school football's Jim Hightower, headline the eight 2016 inductees chosen for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday. Also in the class: Janice Joseph Richard, a two-time All-America basketball player and standout coach at Louisiana College; Arthur "Red" Swanson, Southeastern Louisiana's most successful football coach who became a pivotal figure in LSU history; and "Gentleman" Dave Malarcher, a star player and manager in Negro Leagues baseball.

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    Aug 24, 2015 | The Advocate

    Janet Huckabee, wife of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, will be in Louisiana this week to stump for her husband's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. According to Mike Huckabee's campaign team, the former Arkansas First Lady will make appearances in Greenwell Springs , Denham Springs and Lafayette on Tuesday.

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  18. Bobby Dower and Glenn Quebedeaux are LSWAa s Distinguished Service Award winners for 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2015 | The Advocate

    The Louisiana Sports Writers Association will honor two of its longtime members and leaders Saturday when the organization inducts its 2015 class into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Bobby Dower and Glenn Quebedeaux will receive the Distinguished Service Award and be inducted with eight of the state's all-time sports greats during a banquet at the Natchitoches Events Center.

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  19. Paul Hoolahan still a meeting that standardaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2015 | The Advocate

    Don McCauley put it succinctly: "Paul inspires people through his leadership. He's a natural leader, and he always has been.'

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  20. Nothing ordinary about former ULM coach Pat CollinsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 23, 2015 | The Advocate

    His father, Jack Henry Collins, a railroad man, opened the ice box and pulled out a quart of milk before bed. He looked his 5-foot-9, 135-pound son straight in the eye and said, "I just want to tell you, if you want to go to college, you have to get a scholarship."

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